Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
In this painting, Francisco de Goya (1746 - 1828) shows the angel appearing to Joseph in a dream. The Gospel of Matthew records an angel appearing in a dream to Joseph three times: when he learns that Mary has become pregnant, in a warning to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt after the wise men depart, and to let him know when it is safe to return home with Mary and Jesus.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
In this illustration, William Blake (1757-1827) shows the angels' announcement to the shepherds:
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
Thursday, December 22, 2011
We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts. --Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
In 1828 Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow (1789-1862) portrayed Mignon, a character created by Goethe for his Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
The archangel Gabriel is shown in this portion of a fresco by 14th century Italian painter Lippo Vanni. Although Vanni is known as an illuminator of manuscripts and a miniaturists, he did some larger scale work, as well. This piece is in San Leonardo al Lago, a small church near Siena.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
This image of singing angels decorates the letter "C" in the illuminated manuscript of a psalter. The psalter was made by Jean Maillart for presentation to Henry VIII. Read a blog entry, Inside the Mind of a Tyrant, which includes some interesting observations about the Psalter.
Monday, December 12, 2011
This painting by German artist Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805-1874) shows an angel guarding a sleeping child.
The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. --Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)
Saturday, December 10, 2011
This is a painting by Simeon Solomon (1840-1905).
Perhaps there are no artistic representations that appeal to a greater number of people, of all possible types, than do those of angels...--Clara Erskine WatersIn the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Waters wrote a series of handbooks about art and travel.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Every breath of air and ray of light and heat, every beautiful prospect, is, as it were, the skirts of their garments, the waving of the robes of those whose faces see God. --Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
This is a detail from Madonna Enthroned by Giotto di Bondone, painted c. 1310.
Monday, December 5, 2011
This painting of the Annunciation was done by Nicolas Poussin in 1657. Read the story of the Annunciation in the Gospel of Luke.